Set for its second annual running in the spring of 2011 along the shoreline
of this beautifully scenic lake that doubled as the site for the
canoeing and rowing events in 1984's Summer Olympic Games in Los
Angeles, the Lake Casitas Half Marathon & 5K will take runners
along the rolling country roads, bike paths and trails that wind around
the lake and through nearby Ojai, for a race that will also serve as a
fundraiser for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Runners will start the race along the northeast corner of the lake, and
follow what is mostly a clockwise loop course around the roads and
paths just to the north and west of the lake, along Santa Ana Road,
Baldwin Road, North Ventura Avenue and Santa Ana Boulevard on their way
back to the start/finish line area.
Just as runners are making their
way toward the finish, the course will make a roughly two-mile-long
out-and-back run along the lake's edge, taking runners along dirt roads
that offer nice breezes coming off the water.
The race's first five miles or so take runners over paved roads
(including the stretches along Santa Ana Road and Baldwin Road); after
that, runners veer off the highway and onto the wide, tree-lined bike
path that parallels North Ventura (Highway 33) for approximately the
next two and a half miles.
Runners should expect rolling hills
throughout the race, with the biggest downhill and uphill stretch
coming around the middle of the race, at roughly the 6.5-mile point
along the course.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along Southern California's Pacific coastline, just south of
the Los Padres National Forest and nearly 90 miles northwest of Los
Angeles, the town of Ojai typically experiences mild to moderately warm
weather in the mid-spring season, with mostly dry weather in the late spring and summer. In May, the
area's average monthly temperatures range between 77°F and
48°F, while rainfall totals average just under half an inch for
$45 for the half marathon, if registered by January 15, 2010
$55 after Jan. 15 until March 19
$65 after March 19
To reserve your spot in the spring 2010 running of Ojai's
Lake Casitas Half Marathon or 5K, register
online at the event website
Half Marathon Course Map
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